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Death Wish 2 - O.S.T. Import

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 25 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Wea International
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • ASIN: B0000088FI
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I found this on sale at a record store when I was a kid and before really listening to Zeppelin (other than their very well-known songs classic radio would play). It's like a musical sketch of a dark urban landscape and the sort of characters who dwell there. Its an amazing work considering Page had a deadline of only two weeks to write and record. The film's director, Michael Winner, was happy with the result and said it was the most professional score he had ever received. There is everything on here from orchestral string music to guitar rock instrumentals; from the lead off track Who's to Blame, which is like a 'Zeppelin in the eighties' combination of Eastern-sounding music with a blues singer and a hard rock beat, to the pretty Carole's theme, which could have been used in one of the big romance movies of the 50's thru 70s. The chilling composition, A Shadow in the City, makes you picture a nighttime world of wind-swept canyons between skyscrapers. A fan of late 18th century romantic composers, Page's interpretation of Chopin's Prelude No. 4 on the electric guitar works incredibly well. Considered to be one of rock's innovators, Jimmy experimented with early electronic and guitar synthesizer ideas and must have had some of that to draw on. I don't usually write reviews for amazon but when I read the two star review given, felt compelled to say something. You got to give it a chance and listen to it more than one or two times. The music becomes fascinating and I used to play it over and over. In fact, I wore it out twice and had to keep finding new copies! I have recently learned that an expanded version of this is available now on CD in a boxed set called "Soundtracks" by Jimmy Page. This might not suit your taste if you like easy-listening pop or expect an entire album of guitar rock. But if you give it a chance, you are presented with this urban "soundscape" which at times can be alternately beautiful and terrifying.
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I still don't know what to make of this score. On some level, it's awful. It's badly dated, it's annoying. On another level, it's perfect. Perhaps Michael Winner knew what he was doing when he chose Page to score Death Wish II and III. The brutal cynicism of the films, the exploitation streak, it was perfect ground for Page to pen some evil, menacing tracks. Bluesy, then synth-heavy, it's perhaps one of the better elements of what is easily the worst film of the series, a real accomplishment.
Oddly, Page's score to III has never been available, at least on CD. This is nowhere as good as the Herbock disc for the original Death Wish, which is a lot different than the music in the film.
This disc isn't available, and I'm still amazing it was ever available. Death Wish II is easily one of Cannon Films' low points, a downright nasty movie, dripping with cynicism, courtesy of super-hack director Michael Winner. Recommended for Bronson addicts, incidentally, as well as Page fans, Zeppelin fans, and fans of the tremendous artwork (like the blueprints).
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HASH(0xa3abd69c) out of 5 stars Cool score to a exploitation thriller Jan. 1 2002
By Dave Felter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The other reviews here are ostensibly by Page/Zeppelin fans, I am merely a Bronson/action-thriller fan, but I felt like chiming in because I love this soundtrack and have loved it for almost 20 years. Even as a teen first seeing 'DEATH WISH 2' I recognized it for what it really is, the sleaziest, nastiest, most depressing kind of exploitive junk ever shown in theaters, but you know what?, I still love it(!) It is after all, not without it's dubious charm. Unlike the first entry in the franchise, Bronson's character actually finds and punishes the hoods who violate his family, say what you want but that is pretty entertaining (in a base kind of way). Now on to the score-probably the best element of the film. Page combines bluesy rock songs with effectively creepy backround music to create a sense of menace, and he does it as well as any established film composer would've. The sequences involving Bronson preparing to do evil to others are given an extremely chilly vibe by Page who seemed to really tap into the character's violent mindset. Sort of a shame that Page hasn't done more filmwork considering how accomplished this job was. Finally on cd (I've had this on cassette and vinyl!) get this if you love Page, or you love interesting thriller music.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3abd6f0) out of 5 stars masterpiece!!!! Feb. 20 2003
By Martin B. Phillips - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
a true classic! its a shame that it seems difficult to obtain as it truly is some of jimmy pages finest work.i only have a vinyl copy and i really hope hat this cd will become available again as i have almost worn the groves out of the record!!maybe if all the people waiting to obtain this bombard the record label with requests , then they will organise a re-print CHARLES BRONSON RULES!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3abdb28) out of 5 stars Jimmy Page -The Master Aug. 2 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This work is a very good example at how talented Jimmy Page is as both a guitar palyer, and composer. The Bone chilling sounds of swooping guitars and urgency of the chase scene music are both very well put together, I searched for this cd everywhere before finding it here and I have to say it was worth the wait. Great for any Jimmy Page fan, or anyone who likes strange and original soundtrack work.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3abded0) out of 5 stars Jimmy Page comes out jamming in his first post-Zep effort Sept. 5 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Death Wish 2 is Jimmy Page's first post-Zeppelin production. A large departure from the usual Zeppelin fare produced to date, Jimmy captures an urban funk feeling and surrounds it with his unique style of surrealness. Written to support a Bronson suspense thriller, the album is filled with tracks that evoke chills and tension. This is not to say that Jimmy doesn't flat out jam. Favorite is "Jam Sandwich" which drives from beginning to end. "Whose to Blame" with Chris Farlow on vocals preambles later work captured on "Outrider", very rough and bluesy. This album is a MUST HAVE for any die hard Page fan!!
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HASH(0xa3abdca8) out of 5 stars A most interesting page in Jimmy's back catalogue Jan. 8 2012
By Paulo Alm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A year had passed since the last days of Zeppelin when Jimmy Page retreated to his own Sol Studios to record music for Death Wish II. At the end of 1981, Jimmy was still trying to come to terms to what had happened to his beloved group following the tragic end of his friend John Bonham. He had begun the year playing with Chris Squire and Alan White of Yes in an ill-fated project called XYZ - eX-Yes-Zeppelin. Also, Jimmy's misuse of hard drugs hadn't exactly decreased, things were not looking that bright....

So, in this fragile frame of mind, Jimmy accepted film director Michael Winner's invitation to come up with music for his movie, starring Charles Bronson as a vigilante who tries to find five street punks who murdered his daughter and housekeeper on the dark streets of Los Angeles. Of course, he succeeds with a vengeance all too predictable and dated. The soundtrack though is another matter.

By using a few ideas he had since the days of Lucifer Rising and playing synthesised guitar along with his usual army of instruments, and counting with Fairport Convention's Dave Mattacks on drums and Alan Parsons Project's David Paton on bass as a core band, the music on Death Wish II speaks for itself. Mostly instrumental, only three short songs out of twelve are sung, Jimmy's riffs such as on the bombastic opener Who's To Blame, The Chase and the heavy funk of Jam Sandwich are all very strong and creative, delivered with that raw intensity Jimmy knows so well - actually, that riff on The Chase is absolutely brilliant! And that symphonic middle section is of a stunning dark beauty. It would've been interesting to see how Zeppelin would react to it had Jimmy showed it to them before it was too late.

Chris Farlowe - who would also come to sing three songs on side B of Outrider in 1988 - provides vocals on Who's To Blame and Hypnotizing Ways, while Gordon Edwards, formerly of Pretty Things, sings and shares writing credits on City Sirens, the only song which isn't credited to Page alone.

There are also things like Hot Rats And Photostats and Shadow In The City which are superbly moody and dark with bowed guitars, theramin and everything.

While I wouldn't call this an undisputed masterpiece, it does generate a mood that was both fit for the film as well as Jimmy's darker leanings. All in all, this might as well be his boldest, best work post-Zeppelin. Therefore, it's a shame it has never been released on compact disc outside Japan or given a proper remastered edition showing its full impact.